(10/29/13) - It's a taste of downtown Bay City. The third annual Fall Downtown Restaurant Week is now underway.
"We learned about other big cities doing it, and thought, 'Why not us?' We've got these great restaurants downtown, all one of a kind, let's work it," said Candace Bales, Downtown Management Board.
Twelve restaurants are participating, all offering deep discounts in hopes of bringing new customers in for a bite.
"Most of them are dinner specials, but there are specials for lunch and breakfast. You get your first one full price, your second half off," Bales said.
Mornin' at Maggie's Omelette Shoppe has been a part of Restaurant Week since the beginning. Owner Rod Nimtz says it pays off year after year.
"If I took yesterday, the kickoff of Restaurant Week, we had people in here for the first time. There was one couple in particular that came in here and ordered enough entrees for five people," he said.
Maggie's has been downtown for a decade now, and has made a name for itself by looking to do what many others aren't.
"When I first started the restaurant, we wanted to stay true to healthy eating, so there's nothing out of a can or box in my restaurant. Sausage Berry Gorganzola, fresh rosemary, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese, baked potato omelettes. If I can dream it up and you've never seen it in a breakfast item before, that's what we do," Nimtz said.
Let's just say that Nimtz didn't exactly plan to end up downtown or even in the restaurant at all.
"I was in the automotive industry. I was a process engineer. I was going down the street and saw a sign that said 'for rent,' and one of my ways of relaxing and unwinding from a long day was going home and cooking," Nimtz said.
Bay City's downtown restaurant week runs through Sunday. For more information, click HERE.
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